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Grocery savings make me appy

THE modern day supermarket provides a fork in the road, which divides us.

At the checkout, do you veer off into the self-service aisle or are you the old-fashioned type who enjoys the idle chit chat with the cashier while micromanaging them with your nectarines?

Or are you like me, the reluctant DIY shopper who chooses self-serve just to save bystanders from my explosive reaction to the four most annoying words in retail: "Do you have Flybuys?".

Among the self-servers, there is a subset of techno-shoppers that you would have bumped trolleys with. They play blindfolded dodgem trolleys, heads down, asking their smartphones for a comparative calorie analysis of rice crackers or downloading the MasterChef menu planner.

You may resent these sight-impaired early adopters, but increasingly smart phones are becoming an important shopping tool for the price-conscious.

Most supermarkets have their own shopping app, those that act as a comparative price guide will save you the most.

The MyGroceries app is an online shopping list tool that displays weekly specials from Coles, Woolworths, BWS and LiquorLand in real-time as you create your shopping list.

Items on your virtual shopping list can be added by any household member with a smartphone, saving the passive-aggressive notes on the fridge regarding the dire toilet paper situation.

The GroceryRun app is another game-changer. The app offers daily deals on big brand grocery items. While shoppers can't do a comprehensive shop via the app - forget milk and eggs - they can save an average of 50% on each item and for a flat shipping fee of $11 you can receive your goods without dancing with a dodgy trolley.

Personally, I like it when technology meets humanity. My groovy Lismore coffee guy offers a coffee loyalty app. Rather than fumble with cardboard and stamps, a quick scan of a QR code will garner me a weekly freebie. This appeals, but not as much as the fact that he knows what coffee I like without the aid of a barcode, and for his own safety, he knows never to ask me if I have Flybuys.

Save with Grocery Shopping Apps

  • FoodSwitch helps you make healthier choices by suggesting products that are better for you than the ones you scan with your smartphone's camera.
  • Out Of Milk: Do you ever go to the grocery store and forget what's already in your pantry? Out of Milk holds your grocery list as well as keeps stock of what's in your pantry.
  • Lasoo lets you use your smartphone to search across catalogues, products and offers from your favourite local retailers when you're out and about. You can then use the store locator to find the nearest store, including map, open times and contact details.
  • Woolies app lets you do your grocery shopping more efficiently. You can add items to your shopping list and they will be organised into aisles as per your local Woolies.
  • Coles Express mobile app helps you plan your next trip, find your nearest Coles Express store and keep a log of your distance travelled and fuel consumption.

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